The Pittsburgh Steelers have a dedicated fan base across the country. Here are the players who cracked the top 50 NFL jersey sales in 2021.
The Pittsburgh Steelers certainly didn’t have their best season in 2021, but that doesn’t mean fans weren’t out in force cheering on their team in front of their TVs. As far as fanbases go, the Steelers have representatives from across the country who travel to the game on the road in support of the black and gold.
The NFLPA recently released its list of the 50 best-selling jerseys of 2021 (March 1 through November 30). You’re probably not surprised to see three Steelers make the list.
As always, top sellers belong to players like Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes, while “Team USA” (Dallas Cowboys) once again tops this list with 5 of the top 50 jersey sellers.
Here are the best-selling Steelers jerseys and their ranks among all NFL players, according to the NFLPA:
Steelers EDGE TJ Watt: 14th
It would have been a crime if TJWatt failed to crack the top 15 after three straight dominant seasons. Watt has been a top Defensive Player of the Year nominee every year since 2019, and I don’t see that trend changing anytime soon.
The NFL’s most productive defenseman over the past four years had the best-selling jersey of any defensive player in the league. Nick Bosa finished second with the top 25 jersey sellers this year.
Steelers RB Najee Harris: 23rd
It’s no surprise to see fans jumping on the Najee Harris bandwagon. Running back is one of the most popular positions among fans in the league and as a 2021 first-round pick, fans weren’t about to take the wait-and-see approach.
Harris broke the Steelers rookie record for scrimmage yards and he will undoubtedly touch the ball more than any skilled player on that offense over the next 4-5 yards. Surprisingly, four running backs had higher jersey sales last year in Ezekiel Elliott, Nick Chubb, Josh Jacobs and Derrick Henry.
Steelers WR Chase Claypool: 42nd
This one surprised me a bit. The third and final player to crack the top 50 in NFL jersey sales wasn’t Minkah Fitzpatrick, Diontae Johnson or Cameron Heyward; it was rather Chase Claypool. The second-year wide receiver took a step back in the 2021 season as he struggled to stay consistent and his overall effectiveness took a hit.
Despite some social media drama and a few silly plays on the court, Claypool remains one of the most popular players in the team and the league. Only 7 wide receivers had higher jersey sales than Claypool in 2021.
I’m always interested to see how the general football fan population perceives these players, and the results are always a bit surprising. Right now, it looks like TJ Watt, Najee Harris, and Chase Claypool are the three most popular players on the team.